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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Lew - Thanks for all your great comments - and writings. I look forward to following this thread and contributing when possible. Re Gnosis or knowing. It seems that in this day and age many people have a conscience (oft represented by the little angel and little devil on our shoulders), but we often don't use it. Why is that? Also, would you say that gnosis can be described as the wisdom that c
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Thank you for the opportunity to present a few ideas and to exchange views with so many insightful minds. What a joy it was! Thank you again Graham. Debbie and I hope to see you and Santha next year around Wimbledon time! All the best!
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Thomas - Cool question. While crustal displacement is currently moving at a slow pace - who is to say it might not have moved faster in the distant past? Makes you think - especially if Hapgood is even partially right - although the archipelagos (like the Aleutians or Hawaiian Island chain) suggest crustal displacement is fairly slow and constant. But more to your point, it really does not matte
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Good topic. Ophiuchus is definitely on the ecliptic and some do indeed call it the 13th sign - but we do not find it in any of the ancient zodiacs. If it was decided to add a 13th sign (and very possibly a couple more if all astrologers and astronomers could ever agree on exact boundaries of the constellations) it would mean that the 360 degree wheel of the sky or celestial clock would need to be
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Hendrik - You make some very good points - like South Up - its just takes a while to work through this style. Let us both persevere. All the best!
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
And thanks for your insightful commentary and support. When you are AUM I hope to be at least half as helpful - with twice fingers.
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Hendrik - Like Graham Hancock and the good Dr. Lew Graham I too would like to see a clear and compelling point of view. Not unlike this board, when we at BRI invite people to be interviewed on a Podcast, or to speak at CPAK, it does not mean we need to agree with their every position - most times we don't. But we do expect a clear storyline and cogent argument, and if we are lucky, we hear someth
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Beautiful outlook! Yogi Berra also said: "The future ain't what it used to be."
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Great post - thanks for giving the topic some real thought. Seems that the natural world would go on with its colorful ups and downs but maybe not as many unexpected events if we really live in tune with Nature. Yukteswar states that the Yugas bring about a complete change in both the "internal and external worlds". Some philosophers suggest that virtue and providence are interlinked -
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Eloquent prose indeed!
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Not sure what your main question is here but I agree the Dark Ages must have been a very tough time for many. And it is nice to see that even classical historians place the end of the Dark Ages roughly near the cusp of the ascending Dwapara. Alas, even though we are back in the ascending phase, we still have a long long way to go before the next Satya Yuga (spiritual age). I did meet with Jocel
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
And the first day of Dwapara 312 : )
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Yes, deliberate indeed - and it works - whereas it wouldn't with any other star.
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
The Homanns and BRI worked independently and came to the same conclusion: the phenomena we call precession is in all probability mostly the observable of our solar system moving around another mass. The Homanns find good reason (20 years of transit observations) to suggest this other mass is Sirius. From a modeling standpoint the larger motion of precession, which causes the 20 minute time diff
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
I hear you, our little human intellect is hard pressed to understand the ways of Mother Nature in this duality in which we live. But consider the fact that if everyone and everything were to live forever - it would lead to many many problems - and be crueler than anything we now experience. So Nature has her play (called Lila in India). It is wonderful and agonizing and miraculous and heartbreaki
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
There was a time I studied this in detail but it has been many years - might have discussed it in "Lost Star of Myth and Time". The Gregorian adjustments were a correction to both return the calendar so it more closely matched the earth's revolution period (so it only loses about 1 day per 3000 years) and to place the equinox back on the traditional first day for spring and fall (accord
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Good topic. I met with Robert Temple and discussed this in general terms. While I know nothing of intelligent life on any planet surrounding this star system, knowledge of this extraordinary star seems to fit the context of a Great Year - and certainly the Dogon were not alone in their acknowledgement of Sirius. For example, the Ancient Egyptians called Sirius “Isis” (where it is suggested she br
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
It is interesting that when Sri Yukteswar wrote in 1894 (The Holy Science), that we would shortly enter the Dwapara Yuga proper, it was just a few years before the theory that led to the development of atomic energy. The book "The Yugas", by Selbie and Steinmetz, points to this as a turing point and they describe "the control of energy" in general, as one of the telltale sig
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Just guessing. But seeing that many children would likely not survive without the help of a loving parent in their early years - it is not hard to imagine that a benevolent Universe might also watch out for its own. Personally, I am attracted to prayers that begin with "Heavenly Father" or "Divine Mother", so I think there is something to it. Alas, the mechanisms of the Infin
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Bibhu - Keep in mind the twelve ancient constellations simply act as markers of time in the Great Year - just as we use twelve numbers on a clock to tell the time of day. And just as morning and evening have to start somewhere (around 6AM and 6PM on the equinox, based on the clocks we use, year after year) so does each Yuga have to start and end somewhere. If you use Manu’s or Sri Yukteswar’s
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Hush… we should not talk about these things. LOL! I generally stay away from the ET and UFO topics, in which you have cast my beloved Sirius, but I must admit there are infinitely more possibilities than I could ever imagine. The Universe is so vast there simply has to be many other life forms, and if you use definitions of life as wide as the saints and sages might invoke (heavenly and inter-d
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Coolness...
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Thank you for your thoughts. These things are worth reflecting on. Because anything we create is a manifestation of our consciousness I tend to agree with Sri Yukteswar that the tremendous advances, labor saving and life saving technologies since the Dark Ages are proof of our transition from gross materialism toward a brighter future. But obviously some disagree so I may be too optimistic. Besi
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
David and Mark you are both making excellent points! I particularly love the idea: "So here’s scenario: Say we have many souls being born into one place, say….Egypt. Most of them coming in from a higher age within, an etheric or maybe astral place—Atlantis, maybe--where the consciousness was once high, but they blew it and now it has fallen—not a physical cataclysm, a fall in consciousness…
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Hi Girls - Please allow me to clarify. Carol is right about precession and Chloe correct that we are now at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius - if you use the Vernal Equinox as the hour hand of the ages. The cool thing about the ancient Zodiac (the face of the celestial clock) is it did not move. In other words, most (but not all) of the old Zodiacs keep Aries at the top, just as we keep the nu
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Carlos – There may be some confusion or misunderstanding because your assumptions are contrary to statements made about the Yuga cycle by Sri Yukteswar, and other proponents, like Selbie and Steinmetz, as I read them. Re A. They never said history "has" to be "symmetric". In fact, understanding that the descending phase (when we move from a spiritual mindset toward a material
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Assumptions #1 and #4 are incorrect. Ascending and descending phases are as different as spring and fall (i.e. they both end very differently!) as described in the “The Yugas” by Selbie and Steinmetz. And natural catastrophes such as comets, massive earthquakes, etc. can and do occur on rare occasions regardless of the weather outside (season of the year or age in the Great Year). Think of the
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Hi Carlos – Good question. First re the sources: Many ancient texts are considered sacred but we probably both agree that this does not mean we accept everything in all of them as literal or correct. Heck, even the scholars argue over the meaning of one paragraph or sentence versus another. For example, is the story of Genesis, where God created the earth in “six days”, to be taken literally (and
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
It all sounds pretty good, lots of myth and folklore to backup the longer lifespans, benevolent governing (enlightened Kings), but not sure about the cat part. Surely the Golden Retriever plays a key role in bringing back the Golden Age. : )
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7 years ago
Walter Cruttenden
Kali is the material age –Dwapara is the age of energy. So yes, we are flooded with Dwapara light. There have been thousands of Dwapara thinkers manifesting their Dwapara ideas in the last hundred years. For example, in the material age you would have to put charcoal, lead or ink to paper and physically send a letter via a courier, pony or pigeon to communicate your belief that we are “still i
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